That headline's a little factoid I culled from the trailer for new a documentary about bees and the mystery of colony collapse. It's called More Than Honey, and it's playing tonight at Potsdam's Roxy Theater at 7:15pm. If the trailer (at the bottom of the post) is any indication, the cinematography is pretty incredible.
The Polar Vortex brought record-low temperatures to many areas of Upstate New York, and subsequent warm spells led to drastic variations in temperature. The cold snap and the rapid temperature variations could result in major damage to crops in Madison County and throughout New York. In addition to cold damage, some crop diseases are expected to thrive in the colder temperatures, like crown gall. At Honey Hill Orchard, there is concern about their apple trees and apples, as well as the bees they keep to produce honey. Honey bees are particularly capable of surviving cold temperatures, so long as they have an adequate food supply to generate the energy to move around to keep warm. But in prolonged cold spells of extremely low temperatures, the bees may be unable to move within the hive. If they run out of honey within the cluster, the bees can starve to death just inches from additional honey reserves.